California requires that every jurisdiction have a housing element as part of its General Plan, and that the element be updated on a regular basis and reviewed by the state to ensure compliance with state law.
As compliance has become more challenging, some communities wonder what might happen if they fell out of compliance. This two-page summary was developed to help answer that question.
The first page of the handout summarizes the “growing list of penalties for local governments failing to meet state housing law,” drawing on guidance issued in April 2021 by the California Department of Housing and Community Development.
The second page lists and provides links to a number of recent news reports of legal cases and actions taken by the state, developers, third-parties and individuals to enforce compliance with state law.
The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) also developed a two-page handout summarizing consequences of non-compliance, as well as a list of funding sources and technical assistance programs that the state has established to assist jurisdictions in this work and incentivize compliance. Links to each of the programs are provided.